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April 2014
Commencement Set for May 18
Arts, Sciences & Engineering will hold its commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 18, on the River Campus Eastman Quadrangle. Students will receive their diplomas at the departmental diploma ceremonies that take place after the main ceremony. The Eastman School commencement begins at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, May 18, in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Visit the University’s Commencement 2014 website for details on commencement activities, parking, and frequently asked questions.
President Seligman Delivers State of the University Report
In an address to the Faculty Senate earlier this month, President Joel Seligman reviewed the “strongest year in history in Advancement,” citing gifts that support research and scholarship among faculty and students, and highlighted recent achievements of Rochester's faculty, students, and alumni. Seligman also provided updates on senior leadership transitions, diversity efforts, implementation of the 2013–18 strategic plans, and next year's priorities. “In its 164-year history, the University of Rochester has weathered challenges, capitalized on opportunities, and always emerged triumphant,” he said. “We are strong, growing, and an increasingly complex institution that is inexorably faithful to our motto ... Meliora ... ever better.” Read the speech and view the presentation.
A Message to Chinese Parents
The following message is translated into Mandarin below: University Communications is exploring the creation of a Chinese translation of Parents Buzz, a monthly newsletter that covers the news and happenings that are part of your child’s University experience. Email if you’d be interested in receiving it.
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Wegman Foundation Gives $17 Million to University
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Two projects at the University received milestone support this month when Wegman Family Charitable Foundation’s president and board chair Danny Wegman (above) announced a $10 million lead gift for the Institute for Data Science and another $7 million for the new Golisano Children’s Hospital. In recognition of the support for the Institute for Data Science, the institute’s new building will bear the Wegman family name.
Eastman Students to Perform at Kennedy Center
Twelve students have been chosen to represent the Eastman School in a concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, April 23. The performance is part of the Conservatory Project, a series that showcases outstanding young musicians from around the country.
Yellowjacket Pitchers Celebrate No-Hitters
Two Yellowjackets added their names to University’s record books on April 13. David Strandberg ’17 threw the first recorded no-hitter in the baseball team’s recorded history, helping the Yellowjackets to a two-game sweep of Liberty League opponent Bard College. Softball pitcher Eleni Wechsler ’17 pitched a five-inning no-hitter against Skidmore College, marking the third no-hitter in the team's history. Read more...
Reminders from the Financial Aid Office
Financial aid applications for returning students are due May 1. To check if there are any outstanding application materials, your student can review the “required documents” tab in his or her FAOnline account. Contact the River Campus Financial Aid Office or the Eastman Financial Aid Office if you have questions. Also, if your student has an outstanding balance with the Bursar’s Office, keep in mind that the bill must be paid by the end of the 2013–14 academic year. 
Fraternities, Sororities Recognized at Annual Awards Reception
The fraternity and sorority community recently celebrated the achievements of individual members and chapters. Alpha Phi, Delta Phi Omega, Delta Gamma, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Kappa Delta were each awarded for exceeding expectations in one of the four categories of the Expectations for Excellence accreditation program. Overall Excellence in Strategic Planning was awarded to Sigma Delta Tau, Phi Kappa Tau, and Sigma Lambda Upsilon. For more information about Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, visit the office’s website or Facebook page
Rochester Teams Advance in Business Plan Competition
The University hosted the second annual 2014 Finger Lakes Region NY Business Plan Contest this month. Three Rochester teams—Ovitz (senior Felix Kim, junior Pedro Vallejo-Ramirez, TEAM MS student Samuel Steven ’13 (BS), and PhD candidate Len Zheleznyak); Mobilysis (sophomore Christopher Wong; TEAM MS students Li Deng and Bowei Zhang; and PhD candidates Steven Gillmer, Kenny Goodfellow, and Aizhong Zhang); and Bright Imaging (TEAM MS students Barca Donmez and Alex Magill and MBA students Elleny Alvarado Nazar and Michael Moore)—were named finalists. Eleven finalist teams advance to the statewide intercollegiate New York Business Plan Competition in Albany on April 25, where they will vie for $500,000 in cash and prizes.
Career Exploration Webinar
The Office of Alumni Relations offers access to a nine-part career webinar series for free. Featuring one author a month until June, the series focuses on topics intended to help you develop an effective job-search strategy and maintain a successful career trajectory. Past webinars are archived and available for viewing. The next live webinar is on Wednesday, May 7, at 8 p.m. EDT featuring Susan Whitcomb, who will share tips, tricks, and strategies to help you find the job you want. For more information and to register, click here.
Educational Discounts on Laptops, Tablets, and More
University IT Computer Sales has graduation gifts for every budget. May 18 is the last day graduating students to take advantage of educational discounts on laptops, tablets, software, and more. Visit Computer Sales online, stop by their store in Rush Rhees Library, or call (585) 275-8353.

New Artist Residence Program Begins
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With the completion of Ronald Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation in 2013, Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge and Cary Peppermint, assistant professors of art, wanted to create a new artist residency that would bring artists from all over the world to spend a week on campus, creating work and interacting with the campus community. For the first residency, French-Canadian duo Louis Couturier and Jacky Georges Lafargue were invited to bring their recent work from two mining sites in Quebec. Watch the video.

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More events listed on Eastman’s concert calendar and the University’s arts and entertainment listing.
Yellowjackets at Home
Baseball: April 18, 1 and 3:30 p.m., Vassar College; April 19, noon and 2:30 p.m., Vassar College; April 22, 6:30 p.m., SUNY Brockport; April 24, 6:30 p.m., D’Youville College.
Golf: April 21–22, University of Notre Dame Invitational; April 26–27, Liberty League Match Play Championships.
Lacrosse: April 18, 4 p.m., William Smith College; April 19, 2 p.m., Union College.
Softball: April 22, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m., St. John Fisher College; April 29, 3 and 5 p.m., Buffalo State.
Women’s Tennis: April 19, 2 p.m., Skidmore College.
Track and Field: April 26, 10 a.m., University of Rochester Spring Invitational.

Yellowjackets Away
Baseball: April 26, 1 and 3:30 p.m., Skidmore College; April 27, noon and 2:30 p.m., Skidmore College; April 29, 4:30 p.m., SUNY Brockport.
Golf: May 13–16, NCAA Division III Championships, Greensboro, N.C.
Lacrosse: April 25, 4 p.m., Vassar College; April 26, 3 p.m., Bard College.
Rowing: April 27, 8 a.m., Liberty League Championships, Saratoga, N.Y.; May 3–4, NYS Championships, Whitney Point, N.Y.; May 9–10, Dad Vail Regatta, Philadelphia, Pa.
Softball: April 18, 3 and 5 p.m., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; April 19, 1 and 3 p.m., Union College; April 23, 3 and 5 p.m., SUNY Brockport; April 25, 3 and 5 p.m., Alfred University; April 26, 1 and 3 p.m., Rochester Institute of Technology; April 27, 1 and 3 p.m., Ithaca College.
Men’s Tennis: April 19, noon., Niagara University; April 24–26, UAA Championships, Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Women’s Tennis: April 25–27, UAA Championships, Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Track and Field: April 19, 10 a.m., SUNY Geneseo Open; April 27–28, NYSCTC Multi-event Championships, Henrietta, N.Y.; May 2–3, NYSCTC Outdoor Championships, Pittsford, N.Y.; May 10, 2 p.m., Oneonta State May Meet; May 15–16, ECAC Division III Outdoor Championships, Troy, N.Y.; May 22–24, NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships, Delaware, Ohio.

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